EVAL 6010: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Evaluation

Course Description

This seminar is a forum for the integration of core evaluation concepts across the program, developing an understanding of evaluation as a profession, and for exchange of ideas among evaluation students, faculty, and industry representatives from multiple disciplines. Topics vary each semester.

Fall 2011 topic: Contemporary trends in evaluation.


Course Syllabus PDF


Dr. Anne Cullen

Dr. Chris L. S. Coryn

Required Readings

Claremont Colleges Digital Library. (2009). Empowerment evaluation: Its promise (Fetterman) and Pitfalls (Scriven & Patton). Claremont, CA: Claremont Graduate College. HTML

Coryn, C. L. S. (2009, September). Contemporary trends and movements in evaluation: Evidence-based, participatory and empowerment, and theory-driven evaluation. Paper presented at The Evaluation Center’s Evaluation Café, Kalamazoo, MI. HTML

Coryn, C. L. S., Noakes, L. A., Westine, C. D., & Schröter, D. C., (2011). A systematic review of theory-driven evaluation practice from 1990 to 2009. American Journal of Evaluation, 32(2), 199-226. PDF

Cullen, A., E., & Coryn, C. L. S. (2011). Forms and functions of participatory evaluation in international development: A review of the empirical and theoretical literature. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 7(16), 32-47. PDF

Cullen, A. E., Coryn, C. L. S., & Rugh, J. (2011). The politics and consequences of including stakeholders in international development evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 32(3), 345-361. PDF

Duflo, E. &Kremer, M. (2003). Use of randomization in the evaluation of development effectiveness.
Paper prepared for the World Bank Operations Evaluation Department (OED) Conference on
Evaluation and Development Effectiveness. Washington, D.C. PDF

Evaluation Gap Working Group. (2006). When will we ever learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. PDF

Harrison, C. (2008). A decent proposal. CAmagazine.com PDF

Jones, C. (2006). Save time, save money. A vendor’s top 10 tips to improve the RFP process. Summit, 3‐6. PDF

JPAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) What is randomization? HTML

Mathison, S. (2007). What is the difference between research and evaluation—and why do we care? In N. L. Smith & P. R. Brandon (Eds.), Fundamental issues in evaluation (pp. 183-196). New York: Guilford. PDF

Reeves, T., Apedoe, X., Woo, Y. (2005). Evaluating digital libraries: A user‐ friendly guide. University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research. PDF

Rugh, J. (2011, March). What’s involved in “rigourous impact evaluation”? IOCE proposes more holistic perspectives. Paper presented at the meeting of the Network of Networks on Impact Evaluation, Paris, France. HTML

Scriven, M. (2004). Michael Scriven on the differences between evaluation and social science research. Harvard Family Research Project. The Evaluation Exchange 9 (4). PDF

Swail, W. (2011). An open letter to all organizations in need of a program evaluator. DOCX

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